Traditional and Fancy Bustle Samples

The bustle has evolved through the decades starting with just simply being bird wings tied to the back to bushy feather bustles. The modern day Northern Traditional Bustle evolved around the 1940's. There was a time where Native Americans could not dance or wear feathers because it was illegal for them to practice their culture. In the 1920's-1930's Tribal citizens were hired to play in Hollywood movies, and that was the only way they could wear their feathers. In time, they started dancing in the plains, and the first pau-waus (Powwows) were formed. The Northern style bustle tells stories of battles. The center piece or spreader represents the Earth/battlefield. The feathers on dowels represent arrows that fly though the air during battle sometimes missing their enemies as they stick in the ground. The two main support dowels with a variety of decoration represents your tribe, family, and self. The other one represents your enemy. That is why it's a signature for Two Eagles Legacy to use braided horse hair. The pattern and colors will tell a stoy of who you are, and where you came from. The trailers may also be decorated in specific methods.

 

Natural Eagle/Hawk Feather Bustles


Imitaion Immature Golden Eagle Feathers


Imitation Mature Golden Eagle Feathers


Natural Turkey Wing Feathers


Natural Turkey Tail Feathers


Black Shoulder Peahen Feathers


Natural Black Spanish Turkey Feathers


Imitation Bald Eagle Tail Feathers (White Turkey Feathers)


Royal Palm Turkey Feathers


Sweetgrass Turkey Feathers


Domestic Grey Goose Feathers


Fancy Bustles

Fancy Bustles started out as bushy bustles in the 1900's. The original fancy dance came by warrior dancing for days around a fire, and the ones who lasted the longest were permitted to fight with the war parties proving his strength was the best. Now, it is all about the bright colors and fancy footwork.